Salem College
Winston Salem, NC, USA

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Salem College
3.30 Average Rating

Melina from High Point, NC

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Salem College is a perfect place to make life-long friends, receive a great education and grow as a person. It is a small school with relatively small classes where the professors learn your name and get to know you as the individuals you are. Salem College has an 85% acceptance rate into medical school and a 95% into law school.
Tips for prospective students
Come for Scholarship weekend where you get to stay on campus for the weekend and attend classes that interest you on Monday.
Academic Rigor
A lot is expected from students. The course work is challenging but the professors work with you as an individual.
Dorm Life
If you live on campus you have easy access to downtown, a mall and and lots of art-related places. You'll make tons of friends with your salem sisters.
Food and Dining
Food could be better. We are currently working on getting better food.
What to do for fun
Hangout with your Salem sisters, trips to wal-mart, gallery hops downtown, and the Hanes mall.
Bang for the buck
You get the academics you pay and work for
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
We have tons of ghost stories and a long history in the community.
Great for these types of students
Anyone!
Clubs and Activities
Tons of clubs to choose from and if you can't find one you can start one.
Greek Life
none
Campus Safety
The public safety is amazing and they're very friendly.
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Morgan from Asheboro, NC

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Salem is an academically excellent school. I have been blessed enough to learn tremendous amounts of information. It is based on the small classroom sizes and the great experience of the professors. Also,professors are available almost anytime you need them and they work with you one on one if you need them to!
Am enjoying being here
Salem allows for students to make a tremendous amount of friends. I know I have. The small community allows for students to build personal relationships that will last a life time. The Big sis/little sis program is extremely helpful for students to get to know upperclassman.
Bang for the buck
Salem college is worth all of the money that is put into tuition. The campus is gorgeous and with all of the services provided to the students it is really helpful!
Tips for prospective students
Perspective students should go to all the events that are sponsored and they should definitely join clubs and go for leadership positions.
Great for these types of students
Students who don't mind attending and all women's college.
Students who have good work ethic and are ready to take the time to do the work.
Students who are ready to try something knew and learn about themselves!
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Tori from Rockwell, NC

researching this school
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Salem College has a very friendly environment!
They are located in a beautiful location, theres so many things to look at!
They are a very small school!
Dorm Life
From my visit i could tell that the dorm life is very good. Students were hanging out in other student rooms!
Food and Dining
They have alot of choices
What to do for fun
Winston- Salem is blocks from campus!
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
They have very very many traditions!
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Krista from Pilot Mountain, NC

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Salem has a great atmosphere with an intimate learning environment. Classes are small making it easy to form good relationships with professors who actually care! The professors are willing to go far and beyond to make sure you succeed.
Tips for prospective students
Work ahead! The syllabuses are the key to keeping up with work.
Academic Rigor
Taking the max load is super tough while working two jobs, but is doable. Definitely worth it.
Dorm Life
Most dorms are quiet and peaceful places to work while also providing a good environment to make friends.
Food and Dining
The refectory and cellar are great places to eat and socialize.
What to do for fun
Downtown Winston-Salem is within walking distance and has tons of little restaurants and shops to go to, not to mention the art district. The mall is close by and Greensboro can be reached in a decent amount of time.
Bang for the buck
Pretty expensive, but Salem tends to give out a LOT of Scholarships to those who are willing to work.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
On the day of Fall Fest, classes are cancelled and each class competes in various competitions, including skits which are always hilarious.
Great for these types of students
Willing to work hard and form close friendships.
Enjoy small class sizes and befriending professors
Clubs and Activities
Able to March with the Wake Forest Marching band
Greek Life
The entire school is one big sorority, Alpha Lambda Delta.
Campus Safety
Campus is very well lit, pass public safety almost every time you go outside.
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Catherine from Cape Coral, FL

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
This school has small class sizes which allows you to get to know everyone in your class, and for the teacher to know you. The campus isn't overly large allowing you just enough to get lost if needed, but be easily available, and it doesn't hurt that it's gorgeous with a lot of places within walking distance. The events and traditions the school holds makes it a school of sisters.
Tips for prospective students
This is a school that you have to see in-person to see if it's a place that you belong.
Academic Rigor
It depends on what you're taking. I'm going to be a double major in biology and chemistry, and I've heard that the teachers are great I just won't have a life with all the work and studying that I'll have to do.
Dorm Life
I haven't had any problems, but that's because I like my roommate, and my hall-mates. Not everyone can be as lucky as I am.
Food and Dining
The Refectory always has healthy choices, and tries to tailor to the needs of students, such as, by having a Vegan bar, and gluten free food.
What to do for fun
There are some cool places to go to off-campus, or you could explore around the school seeing as it is historic. There are also a lot of vintage stores with the best buys!
Bang for the buck
They help you in any way possible, and are so personable. Plus, Salem allows you to take classes at Wake Forest so you are definitely benefiting. They also help you get advantages in internships, trips to other countries, and more.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Moravian Lovefeast is the only one I can think of. I went to it, and all the food was so delicious.
Great for these types of students
Well, you have to be female, and you have to be willing for these people to become your family, because they'll become that eventually. That's why we're called the Salem Sisters.
Clubs and Activities
There are a lot. I wish I could have done a lot more than what I am apart of, but that would be impossible. It also helps that they allow you to do activities at Wake Forest Uni. which is how I got into marching band.
Greek Life
The school is just one big sorority, and that is to help with everyone being one.
Campus Safety
They're everywhere, and are actually really friendly. They do their job well, and are super helpful. Funny story is that my roommates friend called them around 2 in the morning to kill a bug and they came.
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Melissa from Lexington, NC

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Salem offers a community that students can belong to. It's academic and support staff work with you to accomplish your goals. The historic atmosphere and grounds of the campus is a huge plus especially when the workload is heavy and a peaceful nature walk is right outside of your classroom.
Tips for prospective students
Be prepared to give your best at Salem. Breathe and have fun so you can work hard when you need to.
Academic Rigor
Salem offers Quest tutoring which can help you get through a difficult course or unit.
Dorm Life
I am a commuting Fleer Center Student so I do not live in the dorm.
Food and Dining
Dining hall services are convenient to students as well as the grill for evening hours and snacks.
What to do for fun
Bike Greenway is nearby and walking around campus is relaxing.
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Falon from Roxboro, NC

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
With a warm and welcoming environment, all students are sure to feel right at home in the Salem community. A strong sense of sisterhood forms inseparable bonds between the girls and an encouraging staff creates opportunities for excellent grades.
Tips for prospective students
Understand that no college is perfect. There will be things you like and things you dislike about Salem. However, keep an open mind and you'll find it very enjoyable.
Academic Rigor
The classes never overload you with work, but each student typically stays busy. Some degree requirements are more rigorous than others and require more dedication and motivation.
Dorm Life
Most of the dorms are without air conditioning, except for the hallways, but leaving your door open/windows up creates a nice atmosphere in the rooms. Most of the dorm halls have nice, new furnished rooms. Occasionally, there will be a bug or two.
Food and Dining
The dining hall is BEAUTIFUL, however the meals aren't always too appealing. However, I believe this is just about the same with any college.
What to do for fun
Located in the heart of Winston-Salem, you can find many fun activities to do on or off campus. Salem typically hosts parties and dances every month for fun, and downtown is always alive with clubs, restaurants, and shops. Salem also hosts a free shuttle to take students to the mall/wal-mart/target when needed.
Bang for the buck
I feel as though I get my full money's worth from my time here at Salem already. Whenever we leave, we all can't wait to get back. We love Salem.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Self-scheduled exams.
Walk to Sister O's Grave for the honor code signing.
Great for these types of students
Women looking for a college with strong sisterhood ties and amazing learning opportunities, both on campus and abroad.
Clubs and Activities
Salem is full of clubs and activities to choose from. Each fall, Salem will host a club fair for new students to sign up and learn about all the clubs Salem offers.
Greek Life
The entire campus is essentially one big sorority.
Campus Safety
The campus is incredibly safe, thanks to Public Safety. If you ever feel unsafe, even just walking from your car to your dorm room, public safety will come and pick you up and escort you back.
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Tiffany from High Point, NC

a current student here
8 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Because it's a small classroom setting the teachers can give you all the help and attention you need to really learn the material
Am enjoying being here
I love Salem. I'm so glad I chose to go here. The campus is beautiful and the students and staff are friendly. It's a very inspiring environment.
Bang for the buck
Salem is a bit expensive, but they offer finanical aid to everyone which is how I'm actually here. The name carries a reputation so it will be earlier to get a job over someone who just went to another public university.
Tips for prospective students
Come check out Salem and stay overnight for fall visit and scholarship weekend. It's an amazing place to be. I love Salem and I know you will too :)
Great for these types of students
Salem is great for a young lady who wants to gain confidence and is driven to succeed.
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Katie from Knoxville, TN

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Salem has so many great professors and I have already learned so much.
Am enjoying being here
I love Salem's campus and enjoy the great student facilities!
Bang for the buck
Salem is pretty expensive and I wish I received more financial aid. However, a degree from this school will definitely pay for itself!
Tips for prospective students
Definitely prepare yourself for an intense workout just living on campus - the school was built on a steep hill and doesn't tend to believe in elevators!
Great for these types of students
Students who do not mind attending a women's college and who love to be challenged. Salem is easy to get into but do not be fooled. The curriculum is just as difficult as many other top schools.
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ANASTASIA from Hallandale Beach, FL

accepted here and planning to attend soon
3 people found this review useful
Categories Comments
In three sentences
Warm, welcoming, friendly and filled with history. Are some of the buildings really haunted? I did not see any ghosts. Salem is organized and focused on providing a world class education in a nurturing environment. The city of Winston Salem is officially titled as City of Arts and Technology. Reciprocal courses are available at Wake Forest College.
Tips for prospective students
Take honors and AP courses, do a lot of community service, write a great essay and get excellent recommendations. Rigorous coursework here, not for students looking to coast or party hearty.
Academic Rigor
Professors want you to get A s. If you are not doing well, someone will be available to help. 4, 1, 4 semester schedule gives you January to take one course only. Choose either something you love or something you need to concentrate on.
Dorm Life
Many fellow sisters to become friends with. Evertyhing is nearby as campus is compact.
Food and Dining
Better than average food. Brand new student center opening in May, 2014. I believe there will be a snack bar/cafe there.
What to do for fun
Enjoy the beautiful landscaping, walk four blocks into the arts and restaurant section of downtown Winston Salem. Many events available on campus.
Bang for the buck
Average tuition, higher than average room and board. Good financial aid available. School is well run and according to Forbes magazine in very good financial shape.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Honor code, leadership curriculum and Lovefeast (a Moravian celebration with special food).
Great for these types of students
Women! There is coed graduate school for adults 23 and older in the Fleer Center.
You must not want a place to hide. Be involved and get close to everyone.
Enjoy being part of a family. Your graduating class will be just over one hundred women.
Clubs and Activities
Anything and everything. If Salem does not have it, find a few other students and form it yourselves.
Greek Life
Thankfully, none. Salem College is, in a sense, one all-inclusive sorority.
Campus Safety
Everybody takes care of everybody. Security is competent, but not as necessary as it is at many other colleges.
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